Covent Garden Summer Intensive

The Royal Ballet School Summer Intensive in Covent Garden offers a choice of two programmes of full-time training in classical ballet in the summer holidays.

The Covent Garden Summer Intensive lasts for four weeks, with the option to train during the first or second fortnight or attend both.

Our Covent Garden non-residential Summer Intensive for young dancers aged 16 to 20 years old, is based at 46 Floral Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9DA.

Dance classes are held in our state-of-the-art building which houses five bright and attractive studios. Participants also have access to our healthcare facilities and staff including on-site physiotherapists and counsellors.

Online applications

Applications for our 2019 Summer Intensive courses have now closed.

Fees

The course is offered on a tuition-only basis. For more information on fees for Summer Intensives, visit our fees page.

Dates and course content

PROGRAMME 1 (Weeks 1 & 2) - AGES 16-20
Training, Technique and Versatility

Tuesday 16 July – Saturday 27 July 2019

 

Weeks 1 and 2 of the Covent Garden Summer Intensive introduces The Royal Ballet School System of Training to students from around the globe.

This programme is a unique opportunity to receive the highest levels of coaching from our world-renowned Royal Ballet School faculty.

Classes will include:

Ballet
Variations
Pas de Deux
Repertoire
Contemporary
Character
New Creation

This course would suit young dancers (UK or International) who are either;

  1. in full-time vocational training
  2. considering full-time vocational training

Girls must be en pointe.

 

PROGRAMME 2 (Weeks 3 & 4) - AGES 16-20
Artistry, Performance, Royal Ballet Repertoire

Monday 29 July – Friday 9 August 2019

 

Our two-week programme in collaboration with The Royal Ballet will continue in 2019. With a focus on artistry, master classes and Royal Ballet repertoire, this course is designed to give young dancers a chance to experience life as a professional dancer. All classes will be taught by current and former Royal Ballet artists and staff.

Classes will include:

Ballet
Variations
Pas de Deux
Royal Ballet Repertoire
Stage Craft
New Creation

This course would suit young dancers (UK or International) who are either;

  1. professional or recently graduated
  2. in full-time vocational training
  • young dancers with a desire to develop their understanding of performance and stage craft

 

Both programmes are offered on a tuition-only basis. The Royal Ballet School can offer limited accommodation to students aged 16-18 at the time of attending the course. However it is recommended that, if accepted onto the course, alternative accommodation is found. General hotel information will be sent to successful candidates.

Dance classes are held in our state-of-the-art building in Covent Garden, which houses five studios, as well as our Healthcare suite.

 

Accommodation - Supervised hostels

The Royal Ballet School can offer limited accommodation to some students aged 16-18 attending the course. It is recommended that, if accepted onto the course, alternative accommodation is found. General hotel information will be sent to successful candidates. Students aged 19 and 20 will need to source their own accommodation.

The Supervised hostels are home to our full-time students during term time and are then offered to Summer School students for the course duration. The accommodation provided includes single sex shared rooms (between 2 and 6 students sharing depending on the room), a communal kitchen/dining area and bathroom facilities. A continental breakfast is included (this may include cereals, toast, fruit etc) and snacks are available from the kitchens but students will be required to source their own lunch and evening meals. The School has access to the Royal Opera House Staff and Artists canteen, which has hot and cold meals available at subsidised prices.

Students staying at one of our hostels are supervised by Royal Ballet School residential pastoral staff who are available morning and evening and for any students who are unwell and not able to attend the course during the day. Duvets and pillows are provided, students are asked to bring their own sheets, duvet covers and pillow cases.

The hostel in Pimlico requires a short tube/underground journey to and from Covent Garden. Students travel in groups and will have pastoral staff to assist with the first few journeys.

Jebsen House is located in Covent Garden, and is walking distance to the School.

Students who are allocated a place at one of the hostels are provided with a comprehensive accommodation handbook prior to arriving in London.

Due to the limited places available the School is not be able to offer accommodation to all Summer School students. Offers are not made on a first come, first served basis, as we attempt to accommodate as many students as possible, with a priority given to younger dancers. This may mean that some of the older students will need to locate their own accommodation, local hotel information will be sent to parents if this is the case.

Food

The Royal Opera House has kindly extended its Staff and Artists Cafeteria to Summer Intensive students during their lunch break and also from 5.30-6.30pm in the evening, where students can purchase a hot or cold nutritious meal at reasonable prices. This is considerably less than the many restaurants and cafés in the area. There are also local supermarkets nearby for less expensive and quick meals if required. There are many restaurants and coffee shops in Covent Garden but these can prove costly if used daily.

A typical day

The course begins with registration and a welcome introduction at the School, this is for all students.

Classes begin at 9.30am the following morning. Students should be fully prepared, warmed up and in the studio by the start of class.

All classes are compulsory and last up to 1 ½ hours.

There are mid-morning, lunch and afternoon breaks.

The last class of the day finishes at 5.15pm.

Students are asked to vacate the building by 6pm unless there is an activity organised (please check notice boards).

Students have one free Sunday on which they can explore the city, spend time with new friends or relax after the week's training. On the final day of the course, parents and guardians are invited to attend a demonstration of work learnt through the course.

Successful participants will be sent an information handbook ahead of the course and full schedules are avaliable to view on registration day.